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Über das Lachen

Wer herzhaft lacht, ruft bis zu hundert Muskeln auf den Plan – vor allem im Gesicht, in der Brust und im Bauch.
20 Sekunden Lachen entsprechen äquivalent der körperlichen Anstrengung von drei Minuten schnellem Rudern.
Daher wacht man nach einem lustigen lachaktiven Abend mitunter mit Muskelkater im Bauch auf.


Regelmäßiges, ausgiebiges Lachen

  • beschleunigt sich die Atmung,
  • wird die Durchblutung angeregt,
  • wird der Körper mit Sauerstoff überflutetm,
  • kommt die Verdauung auf Touren,
  • ist gut für die schlanke Linie,
  • dämpft die Produktion von Stresshormonen,
    Bereits ein grundloses Lächeln bewirkt Stressabbau.
  • erzeugt mehr Abwehrstoffe im Blut, die Viren und sogar Krebszellen bekämpfen,
  • baut Anspannung ab,
  • kann ein langanhaltendes Glücksgefühl auslösen – aufgrund der Ausschüttung des Glückshormons Serotonin.


Angewandte Lachtherapie – wie etwa bei Clownbesuchen in Kinderkrankenhäusern – wird vor allem zur Schmerzbekämpfung eingesetzt. Man nimmt Schmerzen weniger intensiv wahr, wenn man durch lustige Dinge abgelenkt werden.

Zitate zum Thema Lachen / Laughter

Zitate allgemein

Besser Bekümmernis als Lachen; denn bei traurigem Angesicht ist es dem Herzen wohl. Prediger 7, 3 (AT)



  • Lache und die Welt lacht mit dir.
    Weine und du weinst allein.
    Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) US-amerikanische Dichterin, Schriftstellerin, Poems of Passion, Gedicht "Solitude'", 1883
  • Lachen ist eine körperliche Übung von großem Wert für die Gesundheit. Aristoteles (384-322 v. Chr.) altgriechischer Philosoph,
    Arzt, Wissenschaftler, Frauenhasser, zitiert in: Aphorismen.de



  • Das Theater ist weder eine Schulstube noch ein Priesterseminar. Die Leute sollen entweder lachen oder flennen. Oder beides.
    Carl Zuckmayer (1896-1977) deutscher Schriftsteller, zitiert in: Gute Zitate


Referenzen: de.Wikiquote-Einträge Lachen and ► Humor

General quotes


Personal avowals

  • If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there. Martin Luther (1483-1546) German Protestant reformer, cited in: AZ Quotes


  • I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's
    the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills.
    It's probably the most important thing in a person.
    Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) US American actress, cited in: Melissa Hellstern, How to be Lovely‎, 10. January 2002






Misattributed quote to:

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) English-born US American comedic actor, director

  • A day without laughter is a day wasted. [Original: "La plus perdue de toutes les journées est celle où l'on n'a pas ri.]
    Nicolas Chamfort [Nicolas-Sébastien Roch] (1741-1794) French writer, Historique, Politique et Litteraire, Maximes détachées extraites des manuscrits de Champfort, S. 351, Mercure Français, 18. July 1795, alternative source: Maximes et pensées, 1805
  • If you want to discern a man and know his soul, you must look, not at how he keeps silent, or how
    he speaks, or how he weeps, or even how he is stirred by the noblest ideas, but you had better look
    at him when he laughs. If a man has a good laugh, it means he's a good man.
    Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays, novel The Raw Youth [The Adolescent], published in Russian 1875, separate edition 1876, cited in: Goodreads Quotable Quote


  • In every culture […] there was one universal element in historic initiationgrief work. The young male had to be taught somehow the way of tears. He had to be taught how to cry. In fact, if I were to sum up this whole spirituality of initiation in a one liner, it would be this; the young man who cannot cry is a savage, the old man who cannot laugh is a fool.
    Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1970, Sadness, PDF, Yale University address to medical students, presented by the former publication malespirituality.org, November 2005


  • While laughter can be used by suspects to throw off an investigator, law enforcement can also use the mimicry of laughter to connect with suspects. When someone mirrors our behavior, we’re more likely to relate to them, and we
    feel a bond with the people we laugh with. Laughter releases endorphins and simply makes people feel good, and
    while the goal of interviewing a suspect isn’t to make them feel happy, it certainly doesn’t hurt to put the suspect at
    ease. Building rapport and making a person feel comfortable is one of the hallmarks of the CVSA interview. If some-
    one smiles or laughs, it means they are comfortable in the environment.
    Article Evaluating Laughter as a Deceptive Technique in the Police Interview, presented by NITV Federal Services, ~2019



  • Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat. Joanne Woodward (*1930) US American actress, film producer, cited in: Goodreads Quotable Quote


Reference: en.Wikiquote entry Laughter and ► Equanimity

Literary quotes

  • I would not exchange the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes;
    nor would I be content with converting my tears, invited
    by my agonized self, into calm.
    It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever be tears and laughter.
    Tears that purify my heart and reveal to me the secret of
    life and its mystery,
    Laughter that brings me closer to my fellow men;
    Tears with which I join the broken-hearted,
    Laugher that symbolizes joy over my very existence.
Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) Lebanese US American painter, philosopher, poet, writer, Tears and Laughter, s. 26, 1923,
Nabu Press, 12. September 2011


  • There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.
    Herman Melville (1819-1891) US American poet, short story writer, essayist, novelist, Moby-Dick, novel, 1851


  • Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache.
    O cruel, needless misunderstanding!
    O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast!
    Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose.
    But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished.
    He had won the victory over himself.
    He loved Big Brother.
    George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) English journalist, essayist, writer, Nineteen Eighty-Four, part 3, chapter 6,
    Secker and Warburg, London, 8. June 1949


Links zum Thema Lachen / Laughter


Literature (engl.)

Externe Weblinks

External web links (engl.)

Audio- und Videolinks

  • Fernsehdokumentation von Robert Provine, Ph.D. (1943-2019) US-amerikanischer Professor für Neuropsychologie, Universität
    von Maryland (UMBC), Lachwissenschaftler (Gelotologe), Dr. Jaak Panksepp (1943-2017) estnisch-amerikanischer emeritierter Professor für Psychologie, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, Psychobiologe, Neurowissenschaftler spezialisiert auf des Spiel- und Sozialverhalten, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Autor, Tierisch lustig – Die Wissenschaft vom Lachen, präsentiert von dem französisch-deutschen Fernsehsender Arte, YouTube Film, 49:08 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt
    9. Januar 2012

Neurowissenschaftliche Lachforschung wies nach, dass Lachen das archaische "emotionale Gehirn" im Nervensystem aktiviert.
Der aufrechte Gang (Bipedalität) ermöglicht dem Menschen das Lachen und Sprechen.

Audio and video links (engl.)

  • Video presentation by Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D. (1943-2017) Estonian-born American professor of psychology, Bowling Green State University, psychobiologist, neuroscientist, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, author, Rats Laugh When You Tickle Them, presented by the platform Free Science Lectures, YouTube film, 1:32 minutes duration, 11. June 2007
  • Video interview with Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D. (1943-2017) Estonian-born American professor of psychology, Bowling Green State University, psychobiologist, neuroscientist, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, author, In the lab of happy rats, presented by TeaMe, Estonian Research Council, YouTube film, 25:53 minutes duration, posted 10. January 2013


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